Series: Warrior Fight Club, #3
Published by Amazon Digital Services, Amazon Publishing on 30th March 2021
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One night is never enough…
For firefighter Sean Riddick, Warrior Fight Club keeps the demons of his past at bay, even though it means seeing Daniela England. Her ball-busting sarcasm drives him nuts, and he knows he’s damaged goods anyway, but he can’t help but remember how good they were together that one time. Now he wants to take her to the mats no matter how much they go toe to toe.
ER nurse Daniela England has lost so much that she’s vowed never to need anyone again. Fight club helps her beat back her survivor’s guilt, but it means dealing with Riddick. The hot-but-infuriating firefighter is everything she wants to avoid, which is why their one-night stand was a mistake. Now she needs to keep her distance so it doesn’t happen again.
But when Dani witnesses Sean’s motorcycle accident, she steps up to help him recover. One on one, they get beneath all the snark and find a connection neither expected. As Sean heals, the sparks between them burst into red-hot passion—and ignite old wounds. Now there are fires all around—and they have to decide which they’ll fight and which they’ll let consume them.
‘Fighting The Fire’ is the book that I’ve been waiting for for ages, though I’d probably call it the crowning glory of Laura Kaye’s achievement these past few years after reading the author’s post-story notes.
Sean Riddick and Dani England were the pairing I was always looking out for in this series, and I supposed I was hoping for a lot more vitriol, more intense sniping and more edgy interactions that would make the sparks between them ignite more spectacularly. But if it was the enemies-to-lovers angle that drew me in from the start, Dani/Sean’s story ended up more like a frenemies-to-lovers tale, with a mock-rivalry vibe than true, barbed hostility pinging around between them which was what I’d been salivating to read
Instead, Dani/Sean got a little more of a gentle nudge towards each other as their banter and rivalry whittled down to caring and company the moment Sean started his recovery from his accident with Dani, courtesy of Marvel and its huge compendium of movies. They work their own issues out along at the same time as Kaye draws them together with revelations of each other’s ‘softer’ sides, and finally get their HEA when it becomes clear they can’t live without each other.
I’m not entirely sure how to put this through, but I think I was looking at wanting more depth (more angst, maybe?), more rawness and more digging deep into their vulnerabilities.
This book does go into all of those…only not enough.
There’s very little focus on firefighting or the military itself; rather it’s on characters and the ties-that-bind shaping the story. In any case, this is an easy, fast read which I flew through just wanting to see how Dani/Sean sorted themselves out.